Was the multiple-universes storyline on Fox's Fringe part of the master plan? Or a decision made once the show was already on the air? According to a recent interview with Lance Reddick—aka Col. Phillip Broyle—the answer could be the latter.
It's hard to believe now, considering that the multiverse concept has become the crux of the show as of late, but it seems the showrunners may have decided to chase that rabbit all the way down the hole after seeing the potential in the season-one finale "There's More Than One of Everything," in which FBI agent Olivia Dunham finds herself "Over There," in a world where cracks in the universe are destroying entire chunks of cities.
When asked his thoughts on how the show has changed over the years, Reddick told Examiner.com he thinks Fringe took an interesting turn in season two, which has led it to be one of the most complicated—and compelling—sci-fi shows on television.
"As a matter of fact, I think the show took a bit of a turn in the second season," he said. "I honestly don't think they were necessarily going to build alternate universes from the beginning. If they were, they just didn't tell me—which is also possible."
Reddick also touched on how his character Broyles has evolved over the past three and a half seasons.
"My character changed quite a bit from the first season to the second season—honestly, I feel like he became a lot less mysterious," he said "So in the middle of the second season, you kind of knew that he was a good guy."
Compelling or not, the current fourth season could be the last for Fringe, due to dwindling ratings. Fox execs are cagey on the show's future, though golden goose and executive producer J.J. Abrams (Alias, Lost, Alcatraz) says if it does come back next year, he wants to jump back in and play. After helping develop the show, Abrams passed it off to Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman to run things over the past few seasons. If there is a fifth year, Abrams said in a Fox video interview that he would love to come back and do some directing.
"While I don't know what the schedule is, it has been my desire since the pilot to direct an episode," Abrams said. "I would say without question that if Fringe comes back, I would do anything in my power to direct an episode. I would love it."
What do you think? Was going full multiverse a good move for the show, or was it a bit too out-and-over there to follow?